Saturn ION Parts And Saturn ION Accessories
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Saturn Ion is a compact four-door sedan. Its production saw the first release of the 2003 year model, but this line failed to create a lasting presence on the market. The 2007 Saturn Ion became the last model to roll out of the production facilities and was replaced by a new line from General Motors. The premature exit of the Ion reflected the major problems that plagued its lifetime, with the transmission issues tagged as one of the most prevalent problems. Transmission slipping and a malfunctioning transmission system are some of the common issues that must be dealt with immediately.
The Saturn Ion became a major disappointment when customers began to experience difficulties in operating the car in drive or reverse gear selection positions. The common complaint pertaining to this case also involves the whine noise or grind sound the vehicle makes each time the Ion is operated in drive or reverse. This issue is often caused by an internal fluid leak, which creates a series of problems that may affect various components and functions.
The inability to operate your vehicle in the said gear positions is a result of the low internal transaxle pressure caused by the leak. This will force the turbine shaft seals to overheatan effect that also manifests in the torque converter. The best solution for this, as was provided by Saturn, is to replace the following parts, if needed: transaxle case cover, torque converter, and oil cooler lines. When replacing the oil cooler lines, however, be sure to check if the ones installed have the newer design transaxle oil cooler lines. If so, replacing them is unnecessary.
In 2009, Saturn informed its consumers that the 2003 and 2004 Saturn Ion models are likely to exhibit reduced performance and excessive transmission due to the Variable Transmission with Intelligence (VTi) on board. The transmission problems on these cars led to a recall, prompting the owners of the 2003 and 2004 year models to bring their vehicles to a Saturn retailer or GM dealer only if their vehicle experiences transmission noise and reduced performance.
As a way to address the VTi problems, Saturn offered to check the vehicles and repair the necessary components for free, if the car is still within the five years since purchase or only have 75,000 miles. Vehicles ineligible for the said warranty coverage can opt to pay half the price of the repair while General Motors shoulders the other half. However, this only covers the Saturn Ion models that are within eight years of 100,000 miles.
Since all the transmission problems root from the new VTi transmission, the idea of replacing it and installing a new transmission proves to be logical. In fact, some Saturn Ion owners have already opted to switch to a sedan transmission that features a five-speed manual transmission instead. This workaround, however, will require expertise in mounting up the transmission and fixing the computer wire harness to be compatible with the new transmission.